Our MSc Physics by Research course is ideal both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three-year PhD, and for students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on their PhD.
The Department of Physics is known internationally for its top-class research. Our staff carry out research at the cutting edge of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Experimental Quantum Computing, Quantum Matter at Low Temperatures, Theoretical Physics, Dark Matter, Particle Physics and Biophysics, as well as other areas. Together they form a vibrant, intrernational community dedicated to collaborative research that has a global impact.
Royal Holloway's Physics Department has strong links with leading international facilities, including Rutherford Appleton and the National Physical Laboratory, Oxford Instruments, SNOLAB, CERN, ISIS and Diamond.
Our Masters courses are taught in collaboration with other University of London Colleges, providing you with a wide range of options.
- You'll join a major centre for Physics research-led teaching in the University of London and be part of a friendly, close-knit community.
- Our research portfolio continues to expand through the exploration of exciting new research directions and strategic research partnerships.
- We hold a regular series of colloquia and seminars on important research topics and host a number of guest lectures from external organisations.
The major element of this course is a research project which is carried out under supervision. There is also a minor taught element, with classes covering a wide range of generic research-related topics.
An original research project in one of the research areas of the Department, carried out under supervision. Makes up 75% of total mark.
Taught Course Units:
You will take three course units from a list of options; this makes up 25% of the total mark.
For a full list of taught unit options visit our website
This course is assessed by the completion of a major research project (75% of the final mark) as well as other coursework assignments (25% of the final mark).
UK 2:1 (Honours) degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies, please see here
International and EU entry requirements
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Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.
- Candidates are usually invited for interview. Those unable to attend, such as overseas students, may be interviewed by telephone.
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different areas, including careers in industry, information technology and finance.
This course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued studies in physics; around 50% of the graduates of this course progress onto PhD study at Royal Holloway
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2018/19*: £7,200
International students tuition fee per year 2018/19*: £16,300
Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
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* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.
** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.